We came across this interesrting report on Engineering Salaries for 2012.  There was definitely some good news/bad news here.  On the good news, the survey indicated that engineering salaries are on the rise — modestly — for the third year in a row.   The bad news is, engineers are working more hours to get it.

Specifically:

“This year, engineers are averaging 66 hours a week on the job, including 41 hours at the office, 12 at home, seven at other locations, and six on call.”

A survey participant noted:

“My biggest challenge is finding the time to devote to staying at the bleeding edge of technology,” noted one engineer. “I spend at least five hours a week of my own time at home reading, studying, and trying to learn about new technologies.”

Despite the challenges, general consensus is that engineering is a great field:

“Even with it’s challenges, engineering continues to earn high grades with members of the profession as a way to do exciting things, work with smart people, and see ideas formed into working realities. 87% say they would recommend engineering as a career path to a young person.”

The toughest positions to fill include:

  • Software
  • Analog Design
  • System Engineering
  • Embedded Design
  • Power Electronics

Some great statistics were shared in the survey. Here are few:

Is this what you are seeing in your experience as a design engineer?  We’d love to hear your feedback.

Download the complete Electronic Design 2012 Salary Survey

 

Helping Design Engineers Understand Vibration Management

Vibration management is a critical component of many successful designs. Understanding both damping and isolation in terms of vibration control has allowed technology to radically change our lives. Applications that have effectively incorporated vibration management surround us every day, from buildings to rail cars. Even the mirrors on our cars have to pass a vibration test to ensure visual clarity at high speeds. But regardless of important, understanding vibration management is sometimes easier said than done.

However, we can help make solving this problem a bit less daunting than it may seem.

Introducing a Web Site Dedicated to Understanding Vibration Management

We have recently launched an information center dedicated to understanding vibration management and what that means for your design.

Maybe you’re new to the world of vibration management and need to understand the difference between damping and isolating. Or perhaps you understand the difference between the two, but you’re struggling to interpret the data. Or maybe you’re in the final phases of your design and you know you need a damper, but you’re just not sure which damper to design in.

Wherever you are in the process of bringing vibration management into your design, this website can help.

So what does the website really offer?

Right now:

  • White papers that cover the vibration spectrum
  • Web links that address many issues in the world of vibration management
  • Contact information so that you can get in touch with one of our specialists

In the near future? We’ll be adding:

  • A catalog of our products with full vibrations data
  • An interactive tool that will help you design in the right materials

So read up! Become a vibrations expert!

And when the tool launches, you’ll know everything you need to know to help you make the best choice.

Of course, if you’re still not completely confident, we’re always here to help.

Send an email to Noah Bouschard (noah.bouschard at rogerscorp.com).